Princeton Review names Goshen a ‘Best Midwestern College’

GOSHEN, Ind. – After gathering information from college students – the best sources for inside information about their institutions – the Princeton Review recently named Goshen College as a Best Midwestern College.

The Princeton Review reports that Goshen College “boasts many of the resources, opportunities and quality faculty available at much larger schools to a little more than 1,000 students.” Goshen’s own students quote the advantage of the emphasis on international education, including the Study-Service Term (SST) program, in which over three-fourths of the Goshen College student body participates. Through this program, students live in another country for a 13-week term – the first half of which is spent in a major city, studying the culture and language. During the second half of the term, students typically live in rural settings and fulfill service requirements, often relating to their majors.

Other academic achievements named are the strong peace, justice and conflict studies and Bible and religion majors. Goshen’s diverse student body and sense of community are also noted, as well as the numerous opportunities offered for student involvement in both academic and recreational activities.

The 2005 student opinion data can be found on the Princeton Review Web site, where Goshen College joins 170 other best Midwestern colleges. Data is collected through online surveys and campus visits and results are confirmed by feedback received from alums, current students, counselors and prospective students who visit the campuses.

This year, the report features student opinion data from a total of 708 schools, including 102 schools surveyed for the first time. The goal of the Princeton Review is to identify some of the colleges and universities that stand out within each region and, in particular, to raise public awareness of many schools that may not be as well known as they should.

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Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least-debt college.” Visit

by Melanie Histand

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